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*batteries not included (1987)

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

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Matthew Robbins

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Mick Garris (story by), Brad Bird (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hume Cronyn ... Frank Riley
Jessica Tandy ... Faye Riley
Frank McRae ... Harry Noble
Elizabeth Peña ... Marisa Esteval
Michael Carmine ... Carlos
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Mason Baylor
Tom Aldredge ... Sid Hogenson
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Muriel Hogenson
John DiSanti ... Gus
John Pankow ... Kovacs
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... DeWitt
Michael Greene ... Lacey
Doris Belack ... Mrs. Thompson
Wendy Schaal ... Pamela
José Angel Santana José Angel Santana ... Goon #1 (as José Santana)
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Storyline

A group of tenants in an apartment block are being forced to move out so that it can be demolished. The tenants are reluctant to move, so the developers hire a local gang to 'persuade' them to leave. Fortunately, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town. When they befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers. Written by Rob Hartill

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Five ordinary people needed a miracle. Then one night, Faye Riley left the window open.


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Milagro en la calle 8 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,326,530, 20 December 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,945,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,088,797
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Harry Noble's back-story: Harry is a former professional boxer who retired, after suffering brain damage and became a reclusive handyman and turned to a nonviolent philosophy. See more »

Goofs

After Mason fights with his girlfriend, he throws his paintings out his window, which Marisa notices when she sees the paintings falling from his apartment about two floors above. When Mason and Marisa discover their items(Mason's door; Marisa's statue)fixed, Marisa comes out of her room, which is on the same floor as Mason's, which makes it impossible for Marisa to be about two floors down from Mason. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: [after having money thrown in his face] You kill my head, man.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, pictures of young Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are shown. This includes their actual wedding photo, since the actors (who often play a married couple on stage or in the movies) were married for decades. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Night of the Seagulls (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE
by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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This isn't a Spielberg movie. It's a live-action Pixar movie!
11 July 2007 | by gblues-1See all my reviews

I must admit, I was a kid when this movie came out, but I never saw it as a kid. I watched it for the first time today--with 20 intervening years since the film came out. And I think that perspective shines a new light into this old chestnut.

If you'll look at the writing credits, you'll notice that the head writer is none other than one Brad Bird, who today works for Pixar. *Batteries Not Included might be sappy for a Spielberg flick, but it is right on target for Brad Bird. Rather than comparing it to E.T. or Cocoon, this movie is more properly compared to The Iron Giant and Toy Story--two movies that successfully bring out the humanity in inanimate objects.

If this movie came out in 2007 instead of 1987, you'd probably see a Pixar logo on the trailer. For now, just pretend it's computer animated and enjoy the show!


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